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Natural disasters cannot be contained

Jan 12, 2011 10:56:18 AM - itnnews.lk

Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management Gamini Rajakaruna has pointed out that natural disasters cannot be contained. However, he said the Government is ready to face all calamities.

Joining in a media conference at the Media Ministry today, the Secretary said the Disaster Relief Service Centre is operating under their Ministry. They take immediate action as soon as a disaster is reported. They also release the required grants to face any disaster. Approximately, 49 million rupees had been released as disaster relief assistance. Mr. Rajakaruna noted that the President had instructed them not to leave any person in hunger.

The Ministry has introduced two hot lines to give information on those who are willing to provide assistance and those who are in need of help. The contact numbers are 0112 530 438 and 0713 041 226. The Disaster Management Ministry Secretary further said that financial assistance could be credited to account number 000 70 40 166 of the Bank of Ceylon Torrington Branch.